Built in 1932 in the centre of Vidin, this railway station has been the end of the line for everyone travelling to the north-west of Bulgaria ever since. This, however, is about to change.
When the construction of the new bridge over the Danube between Vidin and Calafat in Romania is completed, the station will become just another stop on the line to or from Central Europe. The building itself, however, deserves attention. It is a monument of culture and is full with charming little details, like the plaque showing the level of the Danube during the Great Flood of 4 March 1942. Between the lanes on the street in front of the main entrance stands an unusual and touching war memorial. Placed there in 1908, the Grieving Soldier represents a dying Bulgarian soldier in the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885.
70 years ago, on 10 March 1943, Bulgaria's pro-Nazi government decided to defy Berlin and halt the deportation of Bulgaria's 50.000 Jews. This was down to the actions of one man - Dimitar Peshev. Just two years later he faced Communist justice and found himself on trial for his life. His niece Kaluda Kiradjieva remembers